“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” Sir Francis Bacon
This past week, a family friend from childhood was involved in a very serious motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of her sweet 7 year old daughter.
When things like this happen, especially to someone so young, to such a beautiful, good family, at a time of year where we celebrating so much, it makes you stop and ask “WHY”?
Why do these things happen?
Sure, there can be lots of deep philosophical reasons, or there can be many cynical ones. Or there can be no reason. We really don’t know the answer to most why’s.
The only comfort I can have is that through these tragedies, we can sometimes see the light shine a little bit stronger – even if it is only because there is so much darkness. We can look to the light and see the kindness of so many people who reach out to those who are struggling. We can see the faith and compassion that family and friends show. We can feel the support of complete strangers who sacrifice time, money and serve. We can build each other up and strengthen those in need through the power of prayer and fasting.
In the darkest time is usually when you see the most beautiful acts of charity and kindness; it is usually when you actually pay attention to the light.
And if we don’t see the light? Then we need to be that light. For ourselves, and for others.